Navigation Links
WHO guidelines on Buruli ulcer need adjustment
Date:6/18/2010

Buruli ulcers, one of the 'neglected tropical diseases' left aside by big pharma and governments alike, are reasonably well treatable, also in poor regions. But then more attention has to be paid to early diagnosis and correct treatment. This means the rules of the World Health Organization urgently need to be changed. So say scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), based on ten years of research in Congo.

The disease is caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, a nephew of the infamous tuberculosis bacterium. It occurs in tropical and subtropical countries, mainly in Africa. It causes hideously ulcerating 'holes' in the skin, that can dig to the bone and can outgrow to diameters of more than 10 centimetres. Much about the disease is unknown, for instance how exactly people get infected. It is assumed that water plays a role, but only in 2008 scientists at ITM succeeded in cultivating the bacterium from a water insect.

For a long time the only treatment consisted of caring for the wounds, and possibly a skin transplantation. Nowadays the WHO proposes a treatment analogous to tuberculosis, with two antibiotics, rifampicin and streptomycin. This works for light cases, but for lesions above 10 cm the effect was not documented. ITM scientist Anatole Kibadi Kapay collected cases in DR Congo from the previous five years, when surgery combined with antibiotics was used, and from the five year before that, when only surgery was used. In the process he discovered a new focus close to the Angolan border; he assumes it to be correlated to the working conditions in the illegal diamond mines there.

Kibadi Kapay noticed that the WHO guidelines for clinical diagnosis lead to a correct diagnosis in only 2 cases out of 3. As opposed to a Ziehl-Neelsen smear, a microscopic technique that is within reach of poor countries and that, through a better diagnosis, prevents the needless use of antibiotics.

But when large wounds have to be trea
'/>"/>

Contact: Anatole Kibadi Kapay
akibadi@yahoo.fr
32-485-477-564
Institute for Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. UNC study questions FDA genetic-screening guidelines for cancer drug
2. 2 carotid artery stenting studies show results comparable to AHA guidelines
3. Simple screening questionnaire for kidney disease outperforms current clinical practice guidelines
4. NHLBI issues first US von Willebrand Disease clinical practice guidelines
5. New guidelines for treating rheumatoid arthritis
6. Study finds ATV guidelines inadequate
7. Guidelines urge physical activity during pregnancy
8. The International Society for Stem Cell Research releases new guidelines
9. Publication sets guidelines across cancer therapies: Ensuring the best in patient management
10. Coral Disease Handbook: Guidelines for Assessment, Monitoring and Management
11. First comprehensive guidelines for managing medullary thyroid carcinoma published in Thyroid journal
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/10/2014)... open ocean as a microbial megacity, teeming with life ... water, hundreds of types of bacteria can be found. ... ocean microbes have their own daily cyclesnot unlike the ... up, commute, work, and eat at the same times., ... photoautotrophsbacteria that need solar energy to help them photosynthesize ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... if you are a big, bad sea scorpion. , ... waters for any prey in sight. The next, thanks ... you,re reduced to trolling for weaker, soft-bodied animals you ... of the giant pterygotid eurypterid, the largest arthropod that ... in the journal Biology Letters , dramatically re-interprets ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... JUPITER, FL, July 10, 2014 Amidst the astounding ... of synaptic connections in the brain, how do nerve ... connections to build? How do they coordinate these events ... scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research ... processes, showing that a particular protein plays a far ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):New research finds ocean's most abundant organisms have clear daily cycles 2New research finds ocean's most abundant organisms have clear daily cycles 3Extinct sea scorpion gets a Yale eye exam, with surprising results 2Scripps Florida scientists shed new light on nerve cell growth 2
... FAHA, the Aram V. Chobanian Professor of Cardiovascular ... at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has ... Distinguished Scientist. The AHA designated only five Distinguished ... Distinguished Scientist designation in 2003 to recognize science ...
... at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have brought attention ... and their infants from consuming brown seaweed soup. Seaweed is ... there is no scientific data on the iodine content in ... Editor for the journal Thyroid and published online, ...
... What looks like a spongy ball wrapped in strands ... be key to unlocking better methods for catalysis, artificial ... University chemists who have created a platform to analyze ... photoluminescent materials. The microscopic particles assembled in ...
Cached Biology News:BUSM professor selected as American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist 2BUSM researchers urge awareness of dietary iodine intake in postpartum Korean-American women 2Supramolecules get time to shine 2Supramolecules get time to shine 3
(Date:7/10/2014)... Utah , July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ ... annotation and interpretation, today announced an agreement ... (NGS) analytics for Lineagen,s NextStep Dx ... of neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders, currently offers ... microarray (CMA) testing service used by healthcare ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 10, 2014   Ceres, ... biotechnology and seed company, announced today financial results for ... an update on its business. Ceres reported ... progress in product performance this growing season in Brazil, ... that affected the company,s sorghum evaluation areas for part ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... the fight against terrorism with the creation of a ... the use of light and special glass fibres. , ... Chemical , the researchers describe a novel optical fibre ... as 6.3 ppm (parts per million). It requires an ... explosives detection has involved looking for metals that encase ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National ... day and sleep deprivation have a significant effect on ... at the best time of day to test for ... administering medicines effectively. , Researchers from the University of ... the links between sleep deprivation, body clock disruption and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 2Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 3Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 4Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 8Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 9Detecting trace amounts of explosives with light 2Time of day crucial to accurately test for diseases, new research finds 2
... Immucor, Inc. (Nasdaq:,BLUD), a global leader in providing automated instrument-reagent ... the fiscal year ending May 31, 2009., For fiscal ... $292 million to $300 million., -- ... to 71%., -- Net income is expected to be in ...
... DANBURY, Conn., June 4 Biodel Inc. (Nasdaq:,BIOD) today ... Corporate Development and Treasurer of Biodel, will present a,corporate ... on,Friday, June 6, 2008 at 1:40 p.m. Pacific Daylight ... San Francisco., Interested parties may access a link ...
... held in ... Georgia, ATLANTA, June 4 ... 17 -- 20, in,San Diego, Calif. Governor Perdue will deliver remarks on June ... of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, the,biosciences sector is a strategic priority ...
Cached Biology Technology:Immucor Announces Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue and Earnings Guidance 2Immucor Announces Fiscal Year 2009 Revenue and Earnings Guidance 3Georgia Showcases its Bioscience Leadership at 2008 Bio International Convention 2Georgia Showcases its Bioscience Leadership at 2008 Bio International Convention 3
... Salmonella genomes has allowed the development of ... pairs. The S. enterica Typhimurium (strain LT2) ... bp; 4,440 ORFs) and a plasmid, pSLT ... Sigma-Genosys have been designed to amplify all ...
... The Bio-Stack Twister II Microplate ... top automation solution for integrating BioTeks ... together with expandable microplate capacity, ultimate ... Whether you are adding capacity to ...
XPLAC (S-17)...
Request Info...
Biology Products: